Five of Many!

Whoa! It has been weeks and weeks since I participated in Susanne’s Fave Five at Living to Tell the Story and I have nothing but life to blame. Seasons come and seasons go but one thing never changes and remains and for that I am ever so grateful (Hebrews 13:8). Although I haven’t participated I have visited some of your Fives. Today it will be fun to see what all of you have been up to.

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My Five Favorite things that I’m thankful for this past week:

1. That our family could get together for a early Thanksgiving celebration this past Saturday and we all got to meet and enjoy our son’s girlfriend.

2. For times together with the family away from our table. We had a nice time out on Sunday for brunch and a wee stroll around Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle.

3. For my faithful “Dear” who continues to work hard in the market place and at home and provides well for our household.

4. For reports we get from Afghanistan when our Son in law, Andrew , makes it back from “Missions” safe and sound.

5. For my pop’s well being since my mom died this past September. After living with your love for 70 years it’s not easy living alone. I enjoy getting the facebook photos from my sister and niece when they take him dinner on a weekly basis. Here’s another facebook photo my sister sent me that makes me smile. This is the first recliner he has ever called his own or chair for that matter. It took 90 years for him to get his favorite chair and Dear and I are so thankful we could buy it and have it delivered from 1200 miles away (the chair wasn’t delivered from that far but the arrangements were made from afar). He called me after it was delivered and said “lyena, when I sat down in the chair I just laughed, I was so happy.”

popI think it still has the tags on it in this photo.

Bonus Fave: I’m so thankful that God loves me and sent His son to die in my place so that I can have so much hope for the future no matter what this life throws at me and for everything that comes and goes His love remains and He is the same.

Happy Thanksgiving and Gobble Gobble y’all!

A bonus question if you want to answer it (or are old enough to answer) as I noticed today is November 22nd and 50 years since the day JFK was assassinated. Where were you on that day when you heard the news? Did you know that C.S. Lewis died on this very day, too?

My answer: I was in 8th grade science class at Montebello Junior High in California. Our science teacher gave us the news. It was such a somber sad day at school. Each class we went to there were tears and disbelief and then we all went home and were glued to our televisions. It wasn’t until years later that I learned C.S. Lewis died on this day, too.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

18 thoughts on “Five of Many!

  1. You have some great favorites there! I’m sure that photo of your dad n the recliner filled your heart with joy, knowing you were able to do something special for him.
    And where was I when JFK was assassinated? It was a few months before we moved from Uruguay to Brazil where I started Gr 1 in February ’04. I remember a doorway . . . I don’t know if I was standing in the doorway or my dad was . . . when I heard . . . that a very important man was shot dead.

  2. Hi Ellen, I was in my Sophomore English class at Edmonds High Scool. It was in the olden days when it was just EHS.

    I love having you as a part of my day! Donna O.

    Sent from my iPad


  3. So enjoyed your 5 photos. It is exciting to see a new face in the family group. My husband and I just mentioned JFK’s death during our morning Bible reading a few minutes ago. I was in Gr.11 and yes it was a very somber day at our school.
    I have also enjoyed your pics from England. We were there last year for the month of June(celebrating with Lizzie(the Queen) haha, and those pics brought back so many memories.
    Blessings, Irene(Bev’s SIL)

  4. Thank you for visiting my blog earlier today, Ellen. I love that your dad laughed when he sat down in his chair! LOVE the picture of him enjoying it. My father-in-law will be 88 in February and the love of his life passed away 6 years ago. They were seldom ever apart and we’ve been amazed at how well he’s done since her passing.

    As for your bonus question…our family had just returned from the graveside service of my grandfather when we learned of JFK’s assassination. Thank you for passing on the date of C.S. Lewis’ death. I didn’t realize that.

    You have a beautiful family!

  5. I didn’t know about CS Lewis either.
    Well, I was a bit older than most of your commenters on that fateful day. We were painting our living room when someone called and told us about JFK. Our son was the same age as John Jr., so looking at it from that aspect was heartbreaking.

  6. I love seeing the picture of your Dad in his new easy chair!

    I can imagine how relieved and thankful you all feel when you get a back safe message from Andrew. Praying for his safe arrival home soon.

    Love the pics of your early Thanksgiving celebrations. And esp the new gf. A special time.

    Bonus question – I was at my friend’s 6th birthday party, playing musical chairs with music from the radio when the announcement broke in. My friend’s mom looked at my mom and wondered whether she should end the party. They decided not to but I remember the sadness in the room.

  7. Love the photo of your dad with his chair! I am so thankful for the shopping and delivery options we have available these days.

    I’m glad that much of your family could get together for an early Thanksgiving and you got to do some fun things together.

    I join you in being grateful for your bonus fave.

    I was six years old when JKF died. I thought for years that one certain memory of talking with a friend about it on the playground at school was from that time, but recently when I realized I was only six, I realized that memory had to have been about something else because I went to a different school in 3rd grade – I think it must have been after Bobby’s assassination. I am not a Kennedy fan, but that family sure has been through a lot of heartache, and I feel for them.

  8. So much fun to see your dad enjoying his chair. I was home ill from school so was already watching television from my bed on the sofa where I proceeded to watch news coverage once my soap opera was interrupted. Though I told my mother, she was too busy to come watch with me. Like you, I only found out about C.S. Lewis’s death on the same day years later.

  9. Hurrah for the chair for your Dad! It is such a good feeling to provide something that feels good to our older parents. And every day that Andrew is safe is a good day too.
    I was in 4th grade at Scripps Elementary in La Jolla. We were at lunch and were dismissed to go home right afterwards. Kennedy was not a popular President in our town and his death was marked by a few unkind comments around our town.
    I still remember wondering why little Caroline and John-John were brought to the “parade” procession as children were never taken to funerals of parents or siblings or grandparents until they were at least school age where I grew up. I wondered why those poor children had to face that awful casket carrying their father through the streets.

  10. So glad to see you at FFF, Ellen! You are truly blessed with your family and the opportunities you’ve had to fellowship with one another.

    What a sweet story about your dad and his recliner. I marvel that a man of 90 has never had one before. I thought all guys wanted one!

    50 years ago today, I was in my second-grade classroom when the the principal’s voice came over the loudspeaker informing us that our President had been assassinated. School was dismissed in honor of his passing. All we children were amazed that such thing could happen! We all silently put on our coats and walked home and spent the rest of the weekend glued to our television sets grieving as if we knew him personally.

  11. I was 11 years old on Catholic school and we had just had televisions installed in the classrooms. An announcement was made over the PA system and the TV quickly turned on!
    We were sent home early and everyone stayed glued to their televisions for 3 days! We wept for 3 Days!

  12. Aw, geez, Ellen….I’ve been away for so long that I had no idea your Mom passed away. I am so very sorry, and I want to extend condolences to all of your fine and tight-knit family. I know her absence creates a huge hole in the family unit. I am really glad to see your Dad is faring well and having a chance to enjoy his new chair!!!

    Blessings and love to you and your family this Thanksgiving week and always!

  13. What a wonderful list of things to be thankful for. Rejoicing especially over good news from overseas….I think about your kids and pray. Sweet, sweet, sweet…is your dad, that is so cute. I’m thankful he knows the One who can comfort and carry him through such a loss which I can not imagine. Thankful that you all know you will again see your precious mom. Rejoicing for the family God blessed you with growing up and now your own….cool you could all be together this last weekend.
    As for Kennedy, I remember sitting in the living room with my mom as she was watching one of her soaps. I had just gotten home from morning kindergarten. I remember the news coverage of that and the daily images coming out of Vietnam all those years. I don’t remember other BIG news stories but those left impressions. We celebrate the birth of our oldest now on the 22nd…born in the middle of an ICE storm. We went out for sushi at a hip, hop, happening spot that left hubby and I feeling our age a bit. He works in a new office where there was only one other gentlemen who was alive when Kennedy was killed….again, feeling the years. lol

  14. I smiled when I saw your Pop sitting in his very own chair. What a neat gift! May God continue to be near to him and give him good days.

    I was a young girl and I remember my mom and aunt pulling us children together as we listened to the news of JFK. I did not know until yesterday that CS Lewis passes away that same day.

  15. Terrific fives, Ellen. I’m so glad you could stop your world a bit and post them. There’s something nice about having The Big Dinner on a date different from everyone else. I love your father’s response to your gift of a comfy chair.

  16. Those are some wonderful fave fives Ellen!! Your dad is so adorable – what a wonderful gift he received. So glad to hear that Andrew is safe – must be such a worry. Such a great picture of your son and his girlfriend – a beautiful addition.
    I was in the 6th grade when JFK was assassinated. I had a paper route at that time and remember how anxious my customers were to get that paper delivery. Everyone was worried and afraid of what was happening in the world! 20 years later, another news worthy event – our daughter was born on that very day!

  17. A great bunch of Fave Fives from you. Oh, I noticed the ‘new’ face in that one photo and wondered who she was 🙂
    We never fail to thank God for the safety of our military loved ones, do we? It stays with us day and night.
    Sweet photo of your dad 🙂
    I hope you will enjoy your Thanksgiving Day celebration.

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